Tommy Angel (AKA Jonathan Allen) is seen in black and white photographs deploying a heady mix of zealous Christian evangelism and glitzy magic showmanship. His message is ambiguous and his gestures mesmerise. Tommy Angel is a fictitious persona developed as part of an ongoing exploration of the suggestive intersection between western magic and religious history.
Jonathan Allen's work explores magic's wider cultural role, highlighting the ambivalent power of illusion and its role in assembling our sense of the real.
Tommy Angel will also appear in Duckie’s Big Saturday Night Seaside Special on Sat 26 November.